May, 2020

News Round-Up: Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Rey and more

Posted on 31 May 2020 at 7:47am

You’re in the right place if you’ve missed any of the week’s top news stories – here Live4ever’s News Round-Up presents a recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the last seven days…

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In 2020 there’s always news, but at least there’s always Idles – a look ahead to the band’s third album

Posted on 30 May 2020 at 10:45am

Late in the Friday evening of April 18th, 1930, those in the UK with the sufficient inclination and technological means to sit around a wireless set and learn of the latest world events were greeted by something quite unusual: they were told, presumably in that clipped, BBC Queen’s English accent, that there was no news.

Instead, families now sporting presumably bemused faces were treated to some light piano tickling before they, presumably, stood for the national anthem, said their prayers and prepared for a pleasant weekend pottering around the garden.

It’s something that hasn’t happened since, and something we can safely assert will never happen again; almost exactly 50 years after there was no news, there was the launch of CNN in America. By the end of the eighties, Sky News had followed in the UK, in time for the Gulf War to forever cement 24-hour rolling news as an unavoidable, if not increasingly lamentable, aspect of modern life.

Even so, if there was ever a year that needed 24-hour rolling news, it’s 2020 – a year which had already managed to cram in a final Brexit, devastating bush fires and Trump showboating in Asia before a global pandemic shutdown life as we know it, taking with it lives and livelihoods along the way. In some parts of the world, it’s still only just getting started.

Back in the halcyon days of 2018, when Brexit and Trump were the most pressing shared concern in our lives, a band from Bristol were gearing up to succeed a debut album with which they’d built a fierce reputation and even fiercer devotion. Brutalism had shown that band, namely Idles, to be of a rare breed.

By taking personal stories and memories – whether it be growing up on a dead end street, having their outlook on life changed by a friend confiding mental health struggles, or family ties to the NHS – and wrapping them up in melody and chaos, these became unifying songs of a kind which anyone, anywhere, could search through and find something which spoke to their life too.

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Track Of The Week: Les Big Byrd – Roofied Angels

Posted on 30 May 2020 at 8:54am

A seven-minute sprawl out of Stockholm combining the worlds of classic 60s girls groups and 70s pioneering hard rock is our latest Track Of The Week.

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Album Of The Week: Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes

Posted on 30 May 2020 at 6:30am

Our editor’s pick of the albums reviewed on these pages during the past seven days is the return of Badly Drawn Boy with Banana Skin Shoes – revisit the review and check out the album via Spotify:

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The Cool Greenhouse – Dirty Glasses

Posted on 30 May 2020 at 4:25am

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Everything Everything post video for Arch Enemy

Posted on 29 May 2020 at 10:23am

Everything Everything have posted the video for Arch Enemy, the track which signalled the arrival of their fifth studio album Re-Animator on August 21st.

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Might Delete Later, latest track from LARRY PINK THE HUMAN, has been premiered

Posted on 29 May 2020 at 9:11am

Might Delete Later, the latest track from LARRY PINK THE HUMAN, has been premiered on BBC Radio 1.

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Protomartyr share video for latest single Michigan Hammers

Posted on 29 May 2020 at 8:22am

Protomartyr‘s new album Ultimate Success Today has got a delayed release date of July 17th, but it’s given them time to create a video for its latest single Michigan Hammers.

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Death Valley Girls stream Breakthrough, title-track of new EP

Posted on 29 May 2020 at 7:21am

Death Valley Girls are streaming Breakthrough, the title-track of a new EP which has been given a release date of June 12th.

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Debut album Dry to start reissue of PJ Harvey’s entire back catalogue

Posted on 29 May 2020 at 7:00am

PJ Harvey‘s entire back catalogue is to be reissued during the next 12 months, starting on July 24th with her 1992 debut LP Dry.

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